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Acer Debuts Dualboot Android/XP Netbook at $300

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Acer today revealed a dual-boot netbook that offers users the benefits of both Windows XP and Android.

Dual-booting netbooks aren’t new. In fact, we've seen quite a few of Linux/Windows ultra portables over the last couple of years. However, with so few Android/Windows netbooks around, the idea has never really gotten old for us and Acer is offering a price that's almost too good to resist – for those who can get it, that is. 

The 10.1-inch Aspire One AOD255 was introduced at the Taipei Computer Applications Show earlier on today and packs the modest specs we're used to seeing in netbooks: Intel's Atom N450 CPU; 1GB of DDR; a 160GB HDD and a 3-cell Li-ion battery. Nothing too special there, but the price is a pretty attractive $300.

Unfortunately, PC World reports that this is a special attendees-only show price. Us plebs will have to fork out around $375 for the dual-boot machine. Unfortunately, the extra $75 on top of the fairly modest specifications makes this a little bit steep in our books, even if it does run Android.

How much would you pay for the AOD255? Let us know in the comments below!

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    JasonAkkerman , August 5, 2010 11:26 PM
    XP? Really? Something wrong with 7?
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    unholygregor , August 5, 2010 11:33 PM
    acer sucks ass, had my laptop 18 months and the backlight died allready. $100 to repair, stinking b**tards...
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    JimmiG , August 5, 2010 11:52 PM
    Netbooks are starting to feel a bit old-fashioned in a world of smartphones and tablets.
    Sold my 8.9" Aspire One some time ago. An Android smartphone does everything I used the netbook for, but unlike the netbook, I can carry it in my pocket. Sure, it's a drag to type more than two lines of text on it, but that's the only drawback compared to the netbook. When I know I will be needing to type, I bring my 15" laptop instead, just like I did when I had the netbook.
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    iam2thecrowe , August 5, 2010 11:53 PM
    $100 is cheap for that repair. You think other brands, hp, dell etc dont have some machines that fail shortly out of their warranty? But yeah, acer is cheaper and you really get what you pay for with them....
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    nforce4max , August 6, 2010 12:04 AM
    I am tired of Win 7 this and Win 7 that XP is more than enough for a Netbook. Hell I'll take Win 95 if it got the job done.
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    snakerdlk , August 6, 2010 12:07 AM
    @JasonAkkerman
    XP is still lighter than 7 and more appropriate for a netbook.
    My 1005ha with Win7 and MS Security Essentials is very slow. Ubuntu prefered :D 


    What version of Android is Acer running? Android-x86 ? Or their custom build ? Perhaps it could be installed on, say, a asus eeepc 100ha? ;D
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    fyasko , August 6, 2010 12:19 AM
    how bout just android for 225?
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    Compulsive1 , August 6, 2010 12:21 AM
    290 dollars.
    http://www.memoryc.com/products/description/Aspire_One_D250_0Bw-Atom_N270_1_6GHz-XP_Home_Android-10_1-WSVGA_LCD_TFT-954GSE_Express_Shared-1GB-1x1GB-DDR2_RAM-160GB_HDD-WiFi_BG-5in1_Card_Reader-0_3MP_Webcam-6_Cell_Battery-Seashell_White/index.html
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    JOSHSKORN , August 6, 2010 12:28 AM
    So we're going back to XP, now? Great Scott! Why not just go back to the year 1955 while we're at it??
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    eddieroolz , August 6, 2010 1:05 AM
    I'd love to have an Android-only phone-less PMP. You know, kind of like stripping the phone from Samsung Galaxy S.
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    dEAne , August 6, 2010 2:39 AM
    This is very cool.
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    winterblade , August 6, 2010 2:43 AM
    Does it have a multi-touchscreen?? or even a touchscreen?? Or is a custom version of Android with a cursor??
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    anamaniac , August 6, 2010 3:04 AM
    I'd like a nice $200 XP netbook with 1GB RAM and a 40GB HDD (everything else wold be on my home network). Dual boot android would be a interesting feature.
    This would just be for my roommates to have simple Internet access, so my gaming rig isn't on their Facebook all day...
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    damasvara , August 6, 2010 6:02 AM
    anamaniacI'd like a nice $200 XP netbook with 1GB RAM and a 40GB HDD (everything else wold be on my home network). Dual boot android would be a interesting feature.This would just be for my roommates to have simple Internet access, so my gaming rig isn't on their Facebook all day...

    anamaniacI'd like a nice $200 XP netbook with 1GB RAM and a 40GB HDD (everything else wold be on my home network). Dual boot android would be a interesting feature.This would just be for my roommates to have simple Internet access, so my gaming rig isn't on their Facebook all day...

    The cheapest one in my country is around $250. I'm still waiting for the prices to drop too
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    infodan , August 6, 2010 7:54 AM
    The Aspire one D250 has been available since 7 was released with XP/android dual boot or 7 starter/android dual boot.
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    rohitbaran , August 6, 2010 10:02 AM
    Android is free, right? How come they charge so much just for adding a free OS to a netbook? I think $250 should do fine.
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    fancarolina , August 6, 2010 6:51 PM
    JasonAkkermanXP? Really? Something wrong with 7?


    You don't want to try to run 7 on a single core CPU with only 1gb of RAM.
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    maestintaolius , August 6, 2010 7:28 PM
    snakerdlk@JasonAkkermanXP is still lighter than 7 and more appropriate for a netbook.My 1005ha with Win7 and MS Security Essentials is very slow. Ubuntu prefered What version of Android is Acer running? Android-x86 ? Or their custom build ? Perhaps it could be installed on, say, a asus eeepc 100ha? ;D

    The netbook version of Ubuntu is pretty darn slick for what I use my netbook for.